• Youth in Action students from the northeast Range area donated 40 backpacks and supplies to kids in foster homes. They filled the backpacks with hygiene and personal care products, coloring pages, crayons, markers, shirts, stuffed animals, toys, Kleenex and Chapstick. Some were geared for toddlers and younger children and others for teens. Each backpack was accompanied by a new pillow. They were delivered to the St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services staff in Virginia.
• The Alworth Fund has crossed the $50 million mark in awarded scholarships to Northland students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering and math.
The Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund, based in Duluth, was started in 1949 by Marshall W. Alworth to honor his parents and to reward students who excel in math and the sciences. More than 5,000 high school students from 10 northern Minnesota counties have received the four-year scholarships the past 70 years.
• Superior Rotary announced the addition of two student rotarians, Addie Young and Kathryn Polkinghorne. Young is the daughter of Greg and Jill Young. Polkinghorne is the daughter of Don and Christine Polkinghorne.
• Robert Cedergren, CPA, CGMA, CITP, CIS of Wipfli LLP in Duluth, was named one the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants' newest directors. The MNCPA serves the public interest by advancing the highest stands of ethics and practices within the CPA profession. Cedergren is a partner in charge at Wipfli LLP and has been an MNCPA member for nearly 30 years.
• Jamie Harvie, The Institute for a Sustainable Future Director, has been named a Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Local Economy Fellow. Harvie joins 25 leaders recognized as representing some of the most innovative local economic and community development solutions in the U.S. and Canada.
• University of Wisconsin-Superior professor Dr. Serguei Bezroukov was awarded a grant from the WiSys 2018-19 Applied Research-WiSys Technology Advancement Grant program for $10,217 to use for a project he is working on to address an identified need by teachers within a local school district. The goal of Bezroukov's project is to help schools adopt new technology that is easy to operate, lightweight and more affordable than the existing commercial projects available. The wireless school security devices he is working on will be convenient to carry, lightweight and able to generate various alarm signals depending on location of the incident. The strength of the signal will also be kept at minimum to stay within the building.
• Benjamin Campbell, of Duluth, was a team member from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., who won fourth place at the annual Baylor Business Negotiation Competition. Campbell is a junior majoring in marketing.
• Sam Olson, of Duluth, was awarded the Martin Luther Award from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
• Shelby Johnson, of Duluth, was awarded the Founders Scholarship to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
• The following are merit scholarship winners at the University of Minnesota Crookston: Anthony Lupa of Brule, Mary Burke of Virginia, Daleana Smith of Grand Rapids, Deana Fries of Culver and Paetyn Zahn of International Falls.
• Ann Schaenzer, of Duluth, was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Schaenzer was initiated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
• The College of St. Scholastica appointed Myron S. McCoo as vice president for human resources and chief diversity officer. McCoo comes from the University of Cincinnati Health where he served as assistant vice president of human resources and corporate diversity officer. In that role, he provided human resources operational and executive oversight for the three inpatient hospitals and ambulatory sites that make up UC Health. He also developed and implemented human resources strategies to ensure that overall objectives were achieved and he provided oversight of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and administration of affirmative action plans.
• Duluth Denfeld High School speech team sent five members to the MSHSL State Speech tournament. Competing with 14 other Section 7AA schools, the Denfeld team qualified five speakers and placed fourth as a team. Members were junior Quinton Rimolde, Section 7AA champion in the category of Extemporaneous Speaking; junior Autumn Zierman, section champion in Serious Drama; junior Keeli Gustafson who placed second in Extemporaneous Reading; sophomore Sydney Rabold who placed second in Serious Drama; and senior Audrey Mickelson who placed third in Serious Prose.
• UMD University Honors' spring graduates presented their senior capstone scholarship projects. Presented included: Kaitlin Albrecht, Healthcare Management and Finance on A Comparative Study of Moroccan and American National Healthcare Expenditures in Relation to Population Health Outcomes; Persabelle Debela, Business Entrepreneurship on Impacts of Coffee Production on the Growth of Ethiopia's Economy with the Focus on the Power of Purchasing Value of Coffee as a Commodity and the Negative Effects on Farmers in the Agricultural Sector; Sarah Dettle, Cell and Molecular Biology on Bacterial Vaginosis: Historical Stigmas and Diagnostic Methods Influence Modern-Day Perceptions; Michelle Feyder, Financial Planning on Capstone title: The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule; Georgia Gates, Criminology and Sociology on Current Situation of Moroccan Women and Opportunities Amal Provides; Victoria Grev, Human Resource Management on Presence of Uncertainty in Friendships: A Study on Morocco and the United States; Emma Hartigan, Human Resource Management on Effective Management Practices for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals; Katie Haus, Psychology, Spanish on The Examination of the Sexual Double Standard Among Hypothetical Men and Women Engaging in Masturbation: An Application of Sexual Script Theory; Anna Jensen, Economics and Political Science on Do "Immigrants Increase Unemployment of US Citizens?" An Empirical Examination of Trump's Campaign Rhetoric?; Mark Kallevig, Electrical Engineering, Physics on The Predictions of Basin Mode Waves in Large Lakes by Theory and Models; Racole Karels, Accounting and Management Information Systems on Cryptocurrencies and the Economy: A Review of Literature; Allison Krueger, Biology, Hispanic Studies on Personal Perspectives on Alzheimer's Disease in Morocco; Carrie Kulibert, Communication Sciences and Disorders on Development of an Adapted Access Protocol for an Interactive Robot; McKenna Meyer, English on How We Choose to Engage: A Television State of Mind; Eden Miller, Music Performance on Teaching the Traverso: Pedagogy of the Flute in 18th c. Paris; Nawal Mirza, Accounting, Financial Markets on Gender and White Collar Crime; Avery Morse, Chemical Engineering on Computer Modeling of Iron Ore Pelletizing Thermal Processing in Grate Kiln Furnaces; Ashley Murr, Civil Engineering on A Feasibility Study of Glass Pozzolans in Marine Concrete; Mert Okyay, Management Information Systems on Seventh Sense: A Neural Network Based Real-Time Image Recognition Application; Gavin Sanford, Actuarial Science on how statistics have the greatest effect on wRC+ in Major League Baseball in 2017; Rebecca Sauter, Cellular and Molecular Biology on Germination of Argania spinosa: Overcoming Genetic and Physical Barriers of Morocco's Infamous Seed; Ellie Strafelda, Psychology and Hispanic Studies on Relationships with Females and Attitudes Towards Sexist Language; Maria Jose Tapia, Accounting and Financial Planning on the Influence of Women and Minority Members of Corporate Boards of Directors on Firm Performance Measures. Faculty Advisor: Geoffrey Bell; Malia Triebold, Cell and Molecular Biology on Capstone Title: Using Conditional Autophagy Inhibition In Mice To Study Neurological Disorders; Leah Wahl, Teaching Mathematics on Teacher Stress on a Sample of Moroccan Educators; Jaden Wright, Accounting on Empirical Study of Corporate Tax Avoidance.